Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of NYSCA/NYFA Fellowships

August 20 - December 10, 2018

Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred University, NY


Wendell Castle [American, b. 1932]

Nirvana, 2007

Polychromed fiberglass

34.75 x 62.36 x 33.62 inches

88.3 x 158.4 x 85.4 cm

Edition of 8

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is commemorating three decades of NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships with the landmark traveling exhibition Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of New York State Council on the Arts/New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships. The fellowship program has supported more than 4,000 artists in various fields in the visual arts, literature, and performing arts at critical stages throughout their careers.


The artists in the exhibition are acclaimed and respected around the world, but what is less known is that they all received support from NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships at crucial points in their careers. Curated by Judith K. Brodsky and David C. Terry with the assistance of Madeline Scholl, Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of New York State Council on the Arts/New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships will feature work by more than 20 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellows who have gone on to record significant achievements in their artistic careers. The works on display will show how the fellows have addressed pressing and often controversial issues through their art, including racism, gender equality, sexual orientation, immigration, and globalization.


Participating artists include: Elia Alba, Ida Applebroog, Dawoud Bey, Sanford Biggers, Ross Bleckner, Wendell Castle, Tara Donovan, Chitra Ganesh, The Guerrilla Girls, Christian Marclay, Marilyn Minter, Lori Nix, Tony Oursler, Faith Ringgold, Martha Rosler, Dread Scott, Andres Serrano, Shinique Smith, Carmelita Tropicana, and Fred Wilson.


Exhibition Schedule:

Fall 2017: Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz, August 30 - November 12, 2017, Opening on September 9, 2017

Spring 2018: Dowd Gallery, SUNY Cortland, March 5 - April 13, 2018

Fall 2018: Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred University, August 20 - December 10, 2018

Winter 2019: Cathy & Jesse Marion Art Gallery, SUNY Fredonia, January 22 - March 10, 2019

Summer 2019: The Joseph C. and Joan T. Burke Gallery, SUNY Plattsburgh, May 24 - August 30, 2019

Fall 2019: Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, Stony Brook University

Spring 2020: Center for the Arts, Westchester Community College



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